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Game of Thrones

Should Game of Thrones Fans Wait to Read the Books?

Nov 20, 2014

If you haven’t read A Song of Ice and Fire (of which I am guilty), I am certain you are tired of seeing “SPOILER” in an article/video and immediately having to stop viewing. It takes...

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Girls

HBO Sets Premiere Date for GIRLS, TOGETHERNESS and LOOKING For 01.11.15; Updated Now With Teasers

Nov 10, 2014

Update: This post is now bumped up to include a couple of teasers recently released. We already have the trailer for GIRLS, but now we can add ones for the other two shows coming Sundays in...

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The Newsroom

The Newsroom: “Run”

Nov 20, 2014

There is no denying The Newsroom has officially swung into full gear in the second episode of its final six-episode run. The series has never lost its edge in terms of intellectual originality...

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New Movies

Movie Review: That Awkward Moment

Nov 21, 2014

What I most came away from this movie with was that this film was a guy’s film trying to pass itself off as a girl’s film. Not saying movies are necessarily gender oriented, but you...

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Latest HBO News

HBO Go Arrives on Microsoft’s Xbox One

HBO Go Arrives on Microsoft’s Xbox One

While it may have been frustrating for some in the past, HBO Go continues to expand to any and all device platforms of note as time marches on. Maintaining an app across literally all devices, coding languages and platforms is a feat for any tech company, let alone a television production studio. HBO has to prioritize based on device install base and focus their resouces on those platforms when it comes to development of the HBO Go app. With around five million Xbox Ones out there now and another million or so expected to sell at the holiday, HBO couldn’t delay any longer.  Here’s what Jeff Dallesandro, Vice President, Digital...

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: “Happiness”

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: “Happiness”

Overview: The first new edition of STATE OF PLAY begins with a 35-minute documentary that explores the lives of three former NFL greats, quarterback Brett Favre, running back Tiki Barber and wide receiver Wayne Chrebet, as they transition from leading the lives of American superstars to those of civilians. With the help of experts in the burgeoning science of happiness, the film follows the players’ journeys to find the surprising truths of what made them so happy while in the game and how to find happiness outside of the sport that defined them for so long. Also interviewed for the film are: former NFL stars Howie Long, Michael Strahan,...

Movie Review: That Awkward Moment

Movie Review: That Awkward Moment

What I most came away from this movie with was that this film was a guy’s film trying to pass itself off as a girl’s film. Not saying movies are necessarily gender oriented, but you can tell at times what demographic a movie is trying to aim towards. Watch the trailer and see what you think…   So from what I see, it could be a cute movie about guys learning about love and relationships.  And it kind of is, but after watching it I would say it is not quite as advertised. The film focuses on three friends: Jason, Daniel, and Mikey. Played by Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordon respectively, these are guys...

HBO Boxing PPV: Pacquiao vs Algieri 11.22.14

HBO Boxing PPV: Pacquiao vs Algieri 11.22.14

This week fight fans will need to shell out a bit more to the cable company to follow the sport. Saturday night brings us the next fight from the Filipino sensation, Manny Pacquiao.  The fight will be broadcast on HBO pay-per-view starting at 9pm eastern time. Many of you might be thinking who is Chris Algieri and why would I pay an extra $60 to see him fight one of the world’s most famous and talented fighters? Pacquiao is an offensive dynamo exhibiting expert ring technique, blazing hand speed and enough pop in his punches to put opponents to sleep. Chris Algieri got a severely damaged eye to go with a gift decision last summer...

The Newsroom: “Run”

The Newsroom: “Run”

There is no denying The Newsroom has officially swung into full gear in the second episode of its final six-episode run. The series has never lost its edge in terms of intellectual originality and hilarity, as every ensemble interacts with playful liveliness. However, the season premiere gave a foreboding sense that something of a massive scale was about to occur at any minute. Episode two delivers this collision, and it is by far the biggest we have seen in The Newsroom as of yet. The episode is filled with guest stars and familiar faces, and with good reason. This is entirely unlike any episode of The Newsroom that we have ever...

HBO Documentary Films: BANKSY DOES NEW YORK

HBO Documentary Films: BANKSY DOES NEW YORK

Overview: On Oct. 1, 2013, the elusive British street artist known as Banksy launched a self-proclaimed month-long residency in New York City, posting one unique exhibit a day in an unannounced location, sparking a 31-day scavenger hunt both online and on the streets for Banksy’s work. Capturing this month of madness, this documentary incorporates user-generated content, from YouTube videos to Instagram photos, from New Yorkers and Banksy hunters alike, whose responses became part of the work itself, for an exhilarating, detailed account of the uproar created by the mysterious artist. With installations spanning all five boroughs of New...

Should Game of Thrones Fans Wait to Read the Books?

Should Game of Thrones Fans Wait to Read the Books?

If you haven’t read A Song of Ice and Fire (of which I am guilty), I am certain you are tired of seeing “SPOILER” in an article/video and immediately having to stop viewing. It takes quite a bit of mental strength for me to turn away or click the close button because of one main reason: I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS! Yet despite the fact that answers are a few hundred pages away, I wait. Originally, I thought to myself, ‘Who cares if I decide to wait and not read the books?’ But some people do care…oh yes, they care very much. You see, I have particular group of friends that I watch the show with (because you can’t watch this...

Del Toro, Scorsese Team Up for Cortes Series

Del Toro, Scorsese Team Up for Cortes Series

Ah, drama. HBO is no stranger to the emotional roller coaster that is premium drama. Few historical moments have as much drama packed into them as that of the colonization of Central America by the Spanish in the 1500’s. The “discovery”, the betrayal, the lies and the glory are all there just begging to be put to screen. What if I told you that HBO was teaming up with Martin Scorsese (yes, that one) and Benicio Del Toro (Traffic, Snatch, The Usual Suspects) to bring you a story about the life of conquistador Hernán Cortés!?  Is that something you might be interested in?  Well, many outlets are reporting this to be...

GETTING ON: “Is Soap A Hazardous Substance?”

GETTING ON: “Is Soap A Hazardous Substance?”

By the trailer and the title of this week’s episode it appears to be Patsy-centric. It seems Nurse de la Serda will get ill or injured. Which type of affliction is it and why is he so incapacitated? Does he get sick over Dawn’s news? Does he get hurt by someone hating his lame ward-wide nonsense? Only the episode will reveal the answer, but surely we must address Dawn’s pregnancy and how it affects her and the rest of the staff. Episode #02 – Is Soap A Hazardous Substance? Wham! This episode packs a surprise alright and it is not about PatsyDe la Serda or any other lead for that matter. I struggle between revealing it here or just...

News Update: CONCERT FOR VALOR; Three Eyed Raven; Bob Dylan & More

News Update: CONCERT FOR VALOR; Three Eyed Raven; Bob Dylan & More

This writer found some little tidbits of HBO facts that you might like. They could have gotten stand alone posts, but it is just easier at this busy time to compile them in one post. Besides, we haven’t had a News Update in quite a while. If you like the type of items mentioned here then by all means type out that comment below. If we know you like them then we will make sure we keep them coming.   THE CONCERT FOR VALOR Did you catch the Veterans Day concert on the National Mall? It is on HBOGo if you haven’t but here is a bit of what you missed. The lawn of the Mall was packed, as expected, with families and veterans alike all there to...

HBO Confirms: Westworld will have 2015 Air Date

HBO Confirms: Westworld will have 2015 Air Date

Are you the type of person who thinks The Leftovers is just “too straghtforward”? Well, you might enjoy the mind games that HBO is playing with fans who are eager for any and all news about their upcoming series: Westworld starring… well, everybody.  And by everybody we mean: Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood and more!  Need more convincing?  How about Jonathan Nolan and J.J Abrams at the helm?  Okay, you’re in– good. Some have been worried about HBO’s 2015 schedule with Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom and True Blood all going dark in the coming year. Westworld was dubbed...

Wedding Bells to Ring Again In Game of Throne Season 5?

Wedding Bells to Ring Again In Game of Throne Season 5?

[Warning: Dance with Dragons/ Season 5 Spoilers throughout] By now, seasoned fans of Game of Thrones know that weddings in Westeros are rarely good news, but with Season Five quickly approaching, viewers may get more than they bargained for. The good-natured war between readers of A Song and Ice and Fire and show-only watchers recently reached a new high when rumors began to circulate that everyone’s favorite sword-wielding Arya Stark would be marrying the depraved Ramsay Bolton in the next in the next season.  While many confused show-watchers quickly nixed this theory, observing that Arya had last been sighted on boat to Braavos, while...

Sex and the City Season 7? — “All Bets are Off”

Sex and the City Season 7? — “All Bets are Off”

Like an ex boyfriend who you dumped for all the wrong reasons, Sex and the City keeps a niggling place in our hearts as one of the great television experiences of the past 20 years.  After season 6 ended in 2004, news quickly broke of a Sex and the City movie followed in short order by a second, less favorably reviewed Sex and the City movie. But what about Sex and the City season 7? Could we really be returning to The Big Apple for another adventure with Carrie and the Gang?  Impossible, right?  Think again, SatC fan. Micheal Patrick King, creator of Sex and the City and HBO’s comeback series: The Comeback has been promoting the...

Movie Review: The Lego Movie

Movie Review: The Lego Movie

Never before has a films title song been so descriptive, that its name alone is essentially a review of the film. “Everything Is Awesome” is heard blasting throughout a multitude of scenes in this spectacular Lego based Comedy. Upon initial view, this film could easily be dismissed as being merely an “advertisement for Lego” but anyone stuck in that thought process is wrong on every level. The film is not only hilarious, but it also has interesting messages about finding your inner child. It has strong elements of satire with the amazing send-up of “The Heroes Journey” trope, and yet it still manages to tug on your heartstrings...

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